SC orders EIH to hand over Wildflower Hall to Himachal govt

The legal battle between EIH and the Himachal Pradesh government over the heritage property in Shimla began 20 years ago.

Livemint 20 Feb 2024 11:40 pm

Supreme Court orders handover of Wildflower Hall to Himachal govt

New Delhi/Shimla, Feb 20 (IANS) Upholding the Himachal Pradesh High Court order, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the East India Hotels Ltd and others to vacate Wildflower Hall, a landmark luxury hotel of Oberoi Group on the outskirts of Shimla. Last month, the High Court asked the Oberoi Group to surrender possession of the []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 10:08 pm

In ownership battle for Shimlas Wildflower Hall, Himachal triumphs vs Oberois

In ownership battle for Shimlas Wildflower Hall Himachal triumphs vs Oberois

India Today 20 Feb 2024 9:11 pm

Himachal Pradesh PWD gets Rs 60 cr to buy excavators, tipper trucks

Himachal Pradesh PWD gets Rs 60 cr to buy excavators, tipper trucks The Himachal Pradesh government has allocated Rs 60 crore to the Public Works Department for procurement of such machines as tipper trucks and excavators, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said on Tuesday. Sukhu said this as he flagged off 15 tippers trucks of the PWD here. Of the equipment slated to be procured, one tipper would be provided to Shimla division, one to Bhabhanagar, two each to Rampur, Kalpa, Rohru, Jubbal and Kotkhai divisions and three to Nirmand division, the government said in a statement. Sukhu said PWD recently procured 82 tippers and plans to purchase 107 excavators. The state government is in the process of phasing out vehicles with over 15 years of service, demonstrating the commitment to modernising infrastructure and improving disaster response, especially during snowfall and other emergencies, the CM said. He said that the state government is accelerating PWD projects and has streamlined the tender process by reducing it from 51 to 30 days.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 7:15 pm

In setback for Oberoi Group flagship, SC confirms order to hand over Shimla's Wildflower Hall to Himachal govt

The Himachal Pradesh High Court, in the first week of January, had allowed a petition from the state government and directed EIH to vacate the historic luxury property located in Mashobra, Shimla.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 4:26 pm

Shimla's Fabulous 5 Luxe Escapes For An Ultimate Getaway

From breathtaking mountain views to unparalleled hospitality, these hidden gems promise an unforgettable getaway in Shimla

News18 20 Feb 2024 12:55 pm

Shimla Police arrest Nepal native for murder of co-worker

Shimla Police arrest Nepal native for murder of co-worker A Nepal native, absconding since allegedly carrying out a murder of co-worker in an apple orchard here, was arrested on Monday, police said. The man identified as Hemraj alias Yamu Khadka (23) was apprehended from Banari village in Shimla districts Theog, they said. Hemraj was employed at an apple orchard in Chaila area of Shimla district when he allegedly killed a co-worker and later tried to set the body on fire to destroy evidence. He fled from the spot after the incident on January 30, according to police. Vikas Sharma, a public works department contractor, had hired three workers for maintenance and other work on his land and apple orchards in Ghund area of Chaila in Theog subdivision of Shimla district, they said. In his complaint to the police, Sharma said that one of the three workers, Khem Singh, called and informed him that Prem was lying dead in one of the makeshift houses in the orchard while Hemraj was absconding. He alleged that Hemraj killed Prem by stabbing him with some weapon and then set the body on fire with the intention of destroying evidence and fled from the spot. The body and clothes worn by the dead worker were found in a half-burnt state. A case of murder and destroying evidence under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destroying evidence) of IPC was registered against him. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Theog Siddharth Sharma said that searches were carried out in all the nearby areas and probable escape routes to nab the accused. CCTV footage and inputs from the cyber team were also used to track the accused, he said.

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 6:32 pm

Travel tips: How to reach Darjeeling? Know the tourist places there and the cost of travel

It might be a better idea to visit Darjeeling, the beautiful northwestern city of West Bengal. You can go to Darjeeling to enjoy the greenery of the mountains and the cool environment even in summer. The beautiful hilly region of Darjeeling, away from the crowd of Shimla and Manali, provides an opportunity to spend a relaxing holiday amidst the cool breeze. You can come here to visit with family, friends or partners. Even if you want to go on a solo trip, Darjeeling is included in the list of safe tourist destinations. Let us know how to reach Darjeeling. Know the cost of travel, tourist places here and the best time to visit Darjeeling. How to go to Darjeeling There are air, train, and bus facilities to reach Darjeeling. By Air- The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra Airport, which is located at a distance of 88 kilometers from Darjeeling. Darjeeling can be reached after a journey of about three and a half hours. Rail route- If you are going to Darjeeling by train, then New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station, whose distance is about 88 kilometers from Darjeeling. By Road: If you are traveling by bus, you can go to Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus, Siliguri to reach Darjeeling, Mirik, and Kalimpong. To go to Darjeeling by bus you will have to reach Siliguri. Darjeeling can be reached in about three-four hours by seat-sharing buses or jeeps. The best time to visit Darjeeling The best time to enjoy the beautiful views of Darjeeling is between April to June. When it is summer in many states of the country, the temperature in Darjeeling ranges between 14 to 8 degrees Celsius. If you want to enjoy the cold weather, you can come here between November and December. Cost of visiting Darjeeling Here you will find hotels ranging from low budget to high budget, where the cost of stay can range from one thousand to 5000 thousand or more. Whereas a plane ticket from Delhi to Darjeeling will be available for Rs 6-10 thousand. Train fare is also one and a half to two thousand rupees. You can book a taxi, bus, or jeep to travel in Darjeeling. The total fare for a local tour can come up to Rs 10 thousand. A trip of three to four days can cost around Rs 15,000 per person including transportation, hotel, and catering. How many days should the tour last? If you want to go on a Darjeeling trip then plan a tour here for at least three days. There are many tourist places worth visiting in Darjeeling. In three days you can easily visit the hill station and other tourist places in Darjeeling. There are also tour packages for Darjeeling from the Tourism Department of Railways, which require 4-5 days. Tourist places in Darjeeling Mirik in Darjeeling is the best place to visit Pashupati which is on the border of Nepal. From here you can visit Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, and Yiga Cholang Buddhist Monastery. You can book a jeep for this. You can go river rafting in the Teesta River. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Zoological Park, Ropeway, Tenzing Rock, and Lebong Stadium are the centers of attraction for tourists. (PC: iStock)

Kalam Times 19 Feb 2024 6:26 pm

Himachal Pradesh: SMC teachers stage protest near Vidhan Sabha in Shimla

Himachal Pradesh: SMC teachers stage protest near Vidhan Sabha in Shimla Demanding immediate regularisation of their services, a large number of teachers appointed by the School Management Committee (SMC) held a protest along with their family members near the Vidhan Sabha here on Monday. Raising anti-government slogans, the protestors said that they would sit on an indefinite hunger strike till their demands are accepted and a policy is formulated for them. ''We were hoping that the state government would make an announcement for regularisation of about 2,500 SMC teachers rendering their services for the past 12 years in far flung and tough areas of the state, but the CM only announced an increase of Rs 1,900 in honorarium of the SMC teachers in the annual budget,'' said School Management Committee (SMC) Teachers' Association president Sunil Sharma. The SMC teachers have been demanding the regularisation of their services on the lines of Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) and PARA teachers. They have been sitting on a hunger strike since January 27 to press for their demands.

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 6:12 pm

Snowfall eludes Shimla, but Manali wraps in white blanket

Shimla/Manali, Feb 19 (IANS) Snowfall eluded this Himachal Pradesh capital on Monday, but another tourist resort, Manali, had moderate snow. The minimum temperature recorded at Manali was 2.8 degrees Celsius, the weather office here said. Manali and the hills overlooking it experienced mild to moderate spells of snow early Monday, an official of the meteorological []

bhaskarlive 19 Feb 2024 11:58 am

Bilaspur district gets first place in e-office operation in Himachal Pradesh

Bilaspur district gets first place in e-office operation in Himachal Pradesh Bilaspur district in Himachal Pradesh has secured the first place in the e-office operation in the state, officials said on Sunday. According to data released by the Department of Digital Technologies and Governance, as many as 24,532 files were processed through e-office in the deputy commissioner's office in Bilaspur district till January end. The deputy commissioner's office in Shimla, which processed 13,877 files online, stood second and the DC office in Chamba ranked third having cleared 13,243 files. The Himachal Pradesh government implemented the e-office system on July 19, 2023 to bring transparency and speed up the work in all government offices. Deputy Commissioner of Bilaspur Abid Hussain Sadiq said it was a matter of pride for the district to get the first position in e-office operation. He said that this is the second time in the last three months that Bilaspur district has got the first position in the field of governance. Earlier, Bilaspur had got the first position in revenue lok adalats for disposal of the maximum number of death cases in the stipulated time. The speed and efficiency of e-office helped the departments in taking informed and quick decisions besides ensuring transparency, he said. The e-office initiative aims to reduce use of paper, enables tracking of files and also records time taken by an officer to process a file, he added.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 3:16 pm

HP records 6% increase in tourist arrivals in 2023

HP records 6% increase in tourist arrivals in 2023 Tourist arrivals in Himachal Pradesh increased from 1.51 crore in 2022 to 1.60 crore last year, despite the disruptions caused by heavy rainfall, floods and landslides in mid-2023. In the first half of 2023, more than one crore tourists -- 99,78,504 domestic and 28,239 foreign -- had visited the state till June. But tourist inflow completely stopped during the monsoon due to heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides, and disruption caused by these, an official said. Himachal Pradesh suffered losses to the tune of Rs 9,905.77 crore due to the July and August rains, and more than 200 people were killed in rain-related incidents and accidents. Several people were also displaced. In one instance, 75,000 stranded tourists had to be evacuated from the state on July 9 and 10 after roads were blocked in the hill state, according to government data. Following the monsoon mayhem, relief and restoration works were undertake on war-footing. The large flow of tourist during the Kullu International Dussehra marked the beginning of the revival of the tourism industry, officials told the PTI. Data from the tourism department showed that 1.60 crore tourists, including 62,806 foreigners, visited the state during 2023 as compared to 1.51 crore tourists, including 29,333 foreigners, in 2022. While the overall increase was six per cent, it was 53 per cent foreign tourists, it showed. The officials said that a boost in infrastructure and addition of tourists spots has aided the recovery. President of the Manali Hoteliers Association, Mukesh Thakur, said Atal tunnel (Rohtang), the new gateway to Lahaul and Spiti, has emerged as a tourist hotspot. Tourists are visiting the area in large numbers, the president of the Manali Hoteliers Association, Mukesh Thakur. Besides the prominent tourists spots like Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Dharamsala, Shimla and Kullu-Manali, there is also a perennial flow of visitors to ''shakti peeths'' in Kangra, Bilaspur, Una, Sirmaur and Mandi. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu has said that the state's target is to have five crore tourists annually and for this infrastructure in being made. During his budget speech on Saturday, he had announced plans to develop Chandratal, Kaza and Tandi in Lahaul-Spiti and Rackchham and Nako 'Chango' Khab in Kinnaur as tourist destinations.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 1:59 pm

Himachal Pradesh Assembly Gears Up for Budget Session: Set to Unfold from Feb 14 to 29

Shimla, February 14: The anticipation is palpable as the Himachal Pradesh assembly prepares to convene for its upcoming budget session, scheduled to kick off today, February 14th, and extend till the 29th of the month. Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla, in a notification released on Wednesday, officially announced the commencement of the assembly's crucial session. The notification outlined the itinerary for the session, with the Governor's address slated to initiate proceedings. Following this, on February 15th, the spotlight will shift to the presentation of the Supplementary Budget First and Final Instalment for the fiscal year 2023-2024. All eyes will then turn to February 17th, the much-awaited day when the budget estimates for the upcoming fiscal year, 2024-25, will be unveiled. In a bid to foster meaningful deliberations, discussions revolving around the budget are scheduled from February 18th to the 28th. Finally, the denouement of the session is earmarked for February 29th, with the budget slated for approval on this concluding day. This session marks a pivotal moment for the Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu-led state government, as it embarks on its second budgetary endeavor. With expectations high and challenges aplenty, all stakeholders await with bated breath to witness the fiscal roadmap that will shape the trajectory of Himachal Pradesh's development in the coming year. PM Modi launches 'Free Electricity Scheme' offering 300 units per month: Apply Now! MP Opposition Leaders Condemn Government Over Unemployment and Online Gambling

News Track 14 Feb 2024 11:05 am

Comics on at Comic Con

HYDERABAD : The allure of grasping a glossy booklet filled with colourful pages and panels, immersing oneself in the emotions, struggles, and adventures of fictional characters, remains undiminished, despite the emergence of many new-age mediums. Thanks to Comic Con, comic books open up a world that transcends mere entertainment and is increasingly becoming a cherished lifestyle for many. Alpha Comics unveiled two new titles at Comic-Con this year: Al-Zebra, which follows Alpesh (Al), a boy aspiring to be a magician despite his mothers objections due to his fathers disappearance. Als pigeon, named Zebra, aids him in confronting a nemesis planning to steal a sacred rock from Nepal, destined for Ayodhya to be transformed into a statue of Lord Rama. The other title, Magic Pencil, is a sequel to Chahal Pahalthe tale of Chahal, a girl who gains the confidence to stand up to bullies in school with the help of her teacher, Jyotsana. One day, Jyotsana disappears, and Chahal receives a dollPahal, her alter ego. In the sequel, Dhiren loses his magic pencil during exams. Chahal, Pahal, and Dhiren team up to find it, unravelling a robbery in Shimla along the way. The creative mind behind these nail-biting stories is Saahil S Sharma, a screenplay writer based in Mumbai. Hailing from Himachal Pradesh, Sharma released his first comic titled Professor Ashwatthama under his banner CheeseBurger Comics, which has sold over 5,000 copies in India and earned acclaim from critics and readers alike. Through Alpha Comics, he released Adventures of Chahal Pahal, Agent J in Operation Ganga, and Al-Zebra. Comic books have always been my love. I was born in Kullu and have been brought up in Shimla and Parwanu. I have also faced bullying in school because I was a bit dark. I know how it feels, he said. Saahil S Sharma He told us that Agent J in Operation Ganga, talks about the environment along with a fictionalised history of the Nanda Devi accident. It also talks about pollution in Ganga and how Agent J solves the problem. On being asked how he decides on the medium, time, and place of the story, he responded, I think a visual medium is always appealing. Until I saw Naruto, I never thought of buying the book. This is the reason why Sanjay Gupta, the father of Indian superheroes and founder of Alpha Comics, has a lot of fan-following from the 80s and 90s kids. We wanted to make something for the millennials who are drawn towards storytelling which connects to them. As a screenwriter, I write my stories in a way that they can be adapted into animation, a live-action series, or even a film. A trailer of Chahal Pahal, soon to be transformed into a web series was also released at Comic Con. Talking about the adaptability of comics into animations, Sharma said, It is because of the visual medium. At Comic Con, you will see more anime stores than those with Indian comics. I think visual content plays a lot of part over here. Manga is sold like 60,000 copies a month. Youll not see literature selling like that. Their stories are quite simple and have meaning in them. It is connected to their culture. Were also trying to create stories that connect everyone, have meaning in them and connect to the Indian culture. When asked if there is a reverse trend also, movies impacting comics, Sharma said, In comics, only a few copies or titles are sold. The process of creation is huge too, even if it is just 64 pages. Once comics are adapted into animation or films, I think, the game changes altogether. The inverse impact is there, definitely, but these days people are also experimenting with the content of comics. They are trying to bring in horror, science fiction, and everything else because making that on a live screen is very expensive. For example, Prabhass Kalki was first released as a comic book. Cashing in through the screen also adds to the popularity of the story. Operation Ganga, Chahal Pahal are quite engaging stories with strong female leads and Saahil credits the presence of strong real-life superheroes for it. Ive been surrounded by strong women. There have always been women in my life who have made me stronger. My mother, my wife, friends, and colleagues. I am talking about 1999-2000, times when I saw my mother struggling. These stories were never told. I always wanted to start with a female superhero. My upcoming story called Bhramari will also see a female lead and will be released by this year-end.

The New Indian Express 13 Feb 2024 9:18 am

Forget Shimla-Nainital, plan to visit these 5 very beautiful and cheap hill stations, you will not feel like returning

Have you ever found yourself yearning for a break from the usual tourist hotspots like Shimla and Nainital? If you're seeking an escape from the mundane and want to explore hidden paradises without burning a hole in your pocket, we've got you covered! Join us on a journey to discover five incredibly beautiful and budget-friendly hill stations that will make you question ever returning home. 1. Tranquil Bliss in Chamba Valley Nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, Chamba Valley is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This lesser-known destination offers a serene retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Picture yourself surrounded by lush greenery, the melodious chirping of birds, and the crisp mountain air that's the magic of Chamba. Chamba Charms: Unveiling the Serenity Chamba is a place where time seems to slow down, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of simplicity. Ancient temples dot the landscape, inviting exploration and providing a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region. Take a leisurely stroll through the meadows, letting the tranquility of Chamba wash over you. The best part? All of this comes without burning a hole in your pocket. 2. Daring Adventure in Tawang For those with a spirit for adventure, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This offbeat destination not only boasts breathtaking landscapes but also houses ancient monasteries that add a touch of spirituality to the thrill of the mountains. Tawang Tales: Where Adventure Meets Spirituality Embark on thrilling trekking adventures that reveal panoramic vistas at every turn. Tawang Monastery, perched atop a hill, stands as a testament to the region's rich Buddhist heritage. Immerse yourself in the unique blend of spirituality and adrenaline-pumping activities, all within a budget-friendly package. 3. Mystical Marvels of Coorg Known as the Scotland of India, Coorg in Karnataka offers misty landscapes, sprawling coffee plantations, and a cozy atmosphere that beckons travelers seeking an intimate connection with nature. The best part? Coorg's charm doesn't come with a hefty price tag. Coorg Chronicles: Savoring the Essence Imagine sipping on freshly brewed coffee as you overlook the verdant hills. Coorg invites you to explore its breathtaking Abbey Falls, take rejuvenating nature walks, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of its lesser-explored corners. It's a delightful escape that won't leave a dent in your wallet. 4. Serenity in Yelagiri Hills Escape to Yelagiri Hills in Tamil Nadu for a budget-friendly yet soul-soothing experience. This quaint hill station is a perfect blend of scenic beauty and tranquility, making it an ideal destination for those who seek a peaceful retreat without the touristy hustle. Yelagiri Delights: Nature's Embrace In Yelagiri, nature takes center stage. Indulge in leisurely nature walks that lead you through picturesque landscapes, explore the enchanting Punganur Lake, and relish the simplicity of life in this lesser-known gem. Yelagiri Hills is where you forget the chaos of city life and reconnect with the calming rhythm of nature. 5. Picturesque Retreat in Pithoragarh Nestled in Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh is a haven for nature lovers. With its panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas and charming local culture, this hidden treasure is a paradise waiting to be explored. Pithoragarh Panorama: Embracing the Himalayan Majesty Take a trek to Pithoragarh Fort, a historical gem offering insights into the region's past. Soak in the breathtaking views from Chandak and Dhwaj Temple, and experience the warmth of the local hospitality. Pithoragarh is not just a destination; it's an immersive experience that lets you connect with nature and local traditions. Unearth the Unseen These lesser-known hill stations offer more than just a budget-friendly vacation; they provide an opportunity to connect with nature, experience diverse cultures, and create memories that last a lifetime. So why settle for the ordinary when the extraordinary awaits your discovery? Production ready model of Tata Harrier EV presented at Bharat Mobility Global Expo, will it be launched soon? These cheap cars come with 360 degree camera feature, which one will you buy? Maruti-Toyota sell similar cars, yet there is so much difference in sales

News Track 4 Feb 2024 6:56 pm

These places of India are very romantic, plan to visit with your partner

India, with its diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry, offers an array of romantic destinations for couples seeking an idyllic escape. From pristine beaches to charming hill stations, these places beckon lovebirds to create lasting memories. Let's explore these enchanting locales that promise romance at every turn. **1. Goa: Where the Sun Kisses the Shores Known for its sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife, Goa stands as a perennial favorite for couples. The gentle lull of the waves and the golden hues of the sunset create a magical atmosphere, perfect for strolls along the coastline. 2. Udaipur: The Venice of the East In the heart of Rajasthan, Udaipur enchants with its majestic palaces reflecting in serene lakes. The city's royal charm, coupled with boat rides on Lake Pichola, makes it a regal retreat for couples. 2.1. City Palace: A Regal Backdrop The City Palace, a harmonious blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, offers a splendid view of the city. Lose yourself in its grandeur and imagine stepping into a fairy tale. 3. Shimla: Embraced by Snow-capped Peaks Shimla, nestled in the Himalayas, offers a romantic escape amid snow-covered landscapes. The Mall Road's quaint shops and the Ridge's panoramic views make it an ideal destination for couples seeking a winter wonderland. 4. Alleppey: A Backwater Romance Embrace tranquility in the backwaters of Alleppey. Houseboat cruises along the intricate network of canals provide an intimate setting, surrounded by lush greenery and the soothing sounds of nature. 4.1. Shikara Ride: Navigate Love's Journey A shikara ride through the narrow canals lets couples soak in the serenity, creating an atmosphere conducive to heartfelt conversations. 5. Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Pristine Paradise For couples seeking seclusion, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer pristine beaches and coral reefs. Radhanagar Beach's crystal-clear waters and Neil Island's natural beauty set the stage for a romantic escape. 6. Manali: Amidst the Majestic Himalayas Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Manali provides a serene backdrop for couples. Rohtang Pass, with its panoramic views, and Solang Valley's adventure activities make it a perfect blend of tranquility and excitement. 6.1. Rohtang Pass: A Panoramic Affair Rohtang Pass offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, providing an ethereal setting for couples seeking a rendezvous with nature. 7. Pondicherry: French Flair in India Pondicherry, with its French colonial architecture and serene beaches, offers a unique blend of cultures. A stroll along the Promenade and visits to Auroville create an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence. 8. Ooty: Queen of the Nilgiris Ooty, nestled in the Nilgiri Hills, captivates with its lush tea gardens and charming colonial architecture. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway adds a touch of old-world charm to this romantic escapade. 8.1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway: A Journey Through Time Embark on a nostalgic journey aboard the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, winding through picturesque landscapes and lush greenery. 9. Khajuraho: A Tapestry of Love and Art Khajuraho, famous for its ancient temples adorned with intricate sculptures, provides a unique setting for couples interested in history and art. The temples' intricate carvings tell tales of love and passion. 10. Munnar: Where Tea Gardens Paint the Horizon Amidst rolling hills and sprawling tea plantations, Munnar invites couples to immerse themselves in the aroma of freshly brewed tea. The scenic landscapes and cool climate create a romantic haven. 10.1. Tea Plantations: Sip Love in Every Cup Explore the lush tea plantations hand in hand, savoring the beauty of Munnar and each other's company. 11. Rishikesh: Love Amidst the Ganges Rishikesh, nestled on the banks of the Ganges, offers a spiritual and adventurous retreat. White-water rafting, yoga retreats, and the divine ambiance make it a unique destination for couples. 11.1. Laxman Jhula: A Bridge to Romance Cross the iconic Laxman Jhula, suspended over the Ganges, and feel the spiritual energy and the river's gentle whispers. 12. Jaipur: The Pink City's Romantic Palette Jaipur, the Pink City, showcases the grandeur of Rajasthan with its palaces and vibrant markets. A hot air balloon ride over the city offers a bird's-eye view, creating a memorable experience for couples. 12.1. Hot Air Balloon Ride: Soaring High on Love Hot air balloon rides provide a unique perspective of Jaipur, where the city's colors and historical monuments unfold beneath you. 13. Coorg: Amidst Coffee Plantations Surrounded by coffee plantations and misty landscapes, Coorg provides a peaceful haven for couples seeking tranquility. The Abbey Falls and Dubare Elephant Camp add to the allure of this scenic destination. 14. Mahabaleshwar: Romance in the Western Ghats Nestled in the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar offers breathtaking views of valleys and lush greenery. The Venna Lake and Arthur's Seat create a romantic setting for couples to unwind. 15. Darjeeling: Tea Gardens and Himalayan Bliss Darjeeling, renowned for its tea gardens and panoramic views of the Himalayas, is a haven for couples seeking a romantic escape. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway adds a touch of nostalgia to the experience. 15.1. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: A Journey Back in Time Embark on a delightful journey aboard the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and relive the charm of a bygone era. 16. Kodaikanal: Serenity in the Western Ghats Kodaikanal, nestled in the Western Ghats, charms with its misty landscapes and pristine lakes. Coaker's Walk and the Kodai Lake offer couples an opportunity to connect with nature. 16.1. Coaker's Walk: A Stroll Above the Clouds Walk hand in hand along Coaker's Walk, a cliffside path providing panoramic views of the valleys below, creating a romantic atmosphere. 17. Agra: Symbol of Eternal Love Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal, stands as a testament to love's enduring power. A visit to this architectural marvel at sunrise or sunset is an experience every couple cherishes. 17.1. Taj Mahal: A Love Story in Marble Marvel at the exquisite beauty of the Taj Mahal, where the play of light and shadow enhances its ethereal charm. 18. Nainital: Nostalgia in the Himalayas Nainital, nestled around a pear-shaped lake, exudes old-world charm. The Naina Devi Temple and boat rides on Naini Lake create a romantic ambiance. 18.1. Naina Devi Temple: Seeking Blessings for Love Visit the Naina Devi Temple to seek blessings for a lasting and blissful relationship. 19. Kovalam: Beach Bliss in Kerala The pristine beaches of Kovalam offer a serene escape for couples. Lighthouse Beach and Hawa Beach provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic seaside retreat. 19.1. Lighthouse Beach: Guiding Love's Path Visit the iconic Lighthouse Beach, where the towering structure stands as a metaphor for guiding love through life's journey. 20. Jaisalmer: Romance in the Golden Sands Jaisalmer, with its golden sandstone architecture and vast deserts, creates a surreal setting for couples. A camel safari into the Thar Desert allows for intimate moments under the starlit sky. 20.1. Camel Safari: A Journey into Love Embark on a camel safari into the Thar Desert, where the vast expanse of golden sands becomes a canvas for romance. In conclusion, India offers a myriad of romantic getaways, each with its unique charm. Whether it's the beaches of Goa, the hills of Shimla, or the historical allure of Agra, these destinations provide the perfect backdrop for couples to celebrate love and create cherished memories. Prepare Yourself with These Valentine's Day Exercises for You and Your Partner to Stay Fit Together Metabolism will be boosted, just include these foods in your plate What is hyper parenting trend? How are children being affected?

News Track 4 Feb 2024 2:56 am

Song of snow: It has returned to the hills, dont drown it out

Things seem wrong when wintry cold embraces you in the plains but not in the mountains. When Delhi feels freezing and Shimla warm. Thankfully, weather gods are setting things right again. Northern hill states are...

The Times of India 3 Feb 2024 8:15 am

Make This Valentine's Week Special: Don't Miss Visiting These Places

Every couple eagerly anticipates the month of February. Valentine's Week offers the perfect opportunity for couples to spend romantic time together, expressing their love amidst busy schedules. While many opt for hill stations like Shimla and Manali to celebrate Valentine's Day, Udaipur offers a unique and equally enchanting experience for those seeking a romantic retreat. In Udaipur, amidst the majestic beauty of Rajasthan, couples can discover a plethora of romantic spots where they can cherish precious moments together. Away from the chilly mountains, Udaipur presents a warm and inviting atmosphere for lovebirds to explore. Pichola Lake: Pichola Lake, nestled in the heart of Udaipur, Rajasthan, is a picturesque artificial lake that dates back to the 14th century. Created by Pichhu Banjara, a gypsy, Pichola Lake is surrounded by breathtaking hills, palaces, temples, and bathing ghats, adding to its scenic beauty. The lake is renowned for its serene ambiance and stunning views, making it a favored destination for couples seeking a romantic getaway. The shimmering waters of Pichola Lake reflect the majestic palaces and vibrant hues of the sky, creating a mesmerizing spectacle during sunrise and sunset. Couples can indulge in boat rides across the lake, allowing them to soak in the tranquil atmosphere and admire the architectural marvels that adorn its shores. One of the key attractions of Pichola Lake is the iconic Lake Palace, situated on Jag Niwas Island. This magnificent palace, now a luxurious hotel, exudes romance and grandeur, making it an ideal spot for couples to spend quality time together. Additionally, the Jag Mandir Palace, nestled on another island within the lake, offers a serene retreat amidst lush gardens and intricate architecture. Visiting Pichola Lake provides couples with the opportunity to immerse themselves in Udaipur's rich history and architectural splendor while enjoying moments of intimacy and romance. Whether it's a leisurely boat ride, a stroll along the lakeside promenade, or simply admiring the scenic vistas, Pichola Lake offers an unforgettable experience for couples seeking a romantic escapade. Jag Mandir: Jag Mandir, also known as the Lake Garden Palace, is a splendid architectural marvel situated on an island in Pichola Lake, Udaipur. Built during the 17th century by Maharana Karan Singh, Jag Mandir served as a summer resort and pleasure palace for the royals of Mewar. The palace is renowned for its exquisite design, featuring ornate domes, intricate carvings, and marble pavilions that reflect the grandeur of Rajput architecture. Surrounded by lush gardens and tranquil waters, Jag Mandir offers a serene and romantic ambiance, making it a popular destination for couples seeking a romantic retreat. Couples visiting Jag Mandir can explore its opulent interiors, adorned with frescoes, murals, and royal artifacts, offering insights into the rich heritage of Rajasthan. Additionally, the palace offers panoramic views of Pichola Lake and the surrounding Aravalli hills, providing the perfect backdrop for memorable moments with your partner. One of the highlights of Jag Mandir is the Garden Courtyard, a beautifully landscaped garden adorned with fountains and pavilions, ideal for leisurely strolls and intimate conversations. Couples can also enjoy boat rides around the island, offering a unique perspective of the palace and its surroundings. Overall, Jag Mandir is a romantic oasis amidst the serene waters of Pichola Lake, offering couples the opportunity to immerse themselves in luxury, history, and natural beauty while creating cherished memories together. City Palace: City Palace, located on the eastern banks of Pichola Lake, is a magnificent complex that serves as a testament to the grandeur and splendor of Udaipur's royal heritage. Built over several centuries by successive rulers of the Mewar dynasty, the City Palace is a harmonious blend of Rajput, Mughal, European, and Chinese architectural styles. The sprawling palace complex encompasses numerous palaces, courtyards, gardens, and museums, offering a captivating glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the erstwhile rulers of Mewar. The main attraction of City Palace is the Garden Palace, also known as the Lake Palace, a marvel of marble architecture situated on Jag Niwas Island in Pichola Lake. Couples visiting City Palace can explore its ornate halls, adorned with intricate mirror work, colorful murals, and exquisite stained glass windows, reflecting the artistic brilliance of Rajput craftsmanship. The palace also houses several museums, including the City Palace Museum and the Crystal Gallery, which showcase a rich collection of royal artifacts, weapons, textiles, and paintings. One of the highlights of City Palace is the Sheesh Mahal or the Mirror Palace, a stunning chamber embellished with thousands of mirror tiles that create a dazzling effect when illuminated. Couples can also visit the Moti Mahal, Dil Kushal Mahal, and Fateh Prakash Palace, each offering unique architectural marvels and historical anecdotes. In addition to its architectural splendor, City Palace offers panoramic views of Pichola Lake and the surrounding Aravalli hills, providing a romantic backdrop for couples to enjoy leisurely walks and intimate moments together. Whether it's exploring the palace interiors, admiring the scenic vistas, or simply soaking in the regal ambiance, City Palace promises an unforgettable experience for couples seeking a romantic rendezvous in Udaipur. Dudh Talai: Dudh Talai, situated near the shores of Pichola Lake in Udaipur, is a charming lake garden renowned for its scenic beauty and tranquil ambiance. Surrounded by lush greenery and offering panoramic views of the surrounding hills and lakes, Dudh Talai is a popular destination for couples seeking a romantic escapade in Udaipur. The highlight of Dudh Talai is its musical garden, a beautifully landscaped garden adorned with fountains, sculptures, and musical instruments. Couples can stroll through the garden, enjoying the melodious tunes created by the fountains and musical instruments, creating a romantic and serene atmosphere. Dudh Talai also offers various recreational activities for couples to enjoy, including camel and horse rides along the lakeshore, providing a unique and memorable experience. Additionally, the lake garden is an ideal spot for picnics, where couples can relax amidst nature and savor moments of togetherness. The strategic location of Dudh Talai offers panoramic views of the iconic landmarks of Udaipur, including the City Palace, Lake Palace, and Jag Mandir, providing the perfect backdrop for romantic walks and photo sessions. Whether it's indulging in leisurely activities, enjoying the scenic vistas, or simply basking in the tranquility of nature, Dudh Talai offers an idyllic setting for couples to create cherished memories together. In conclusion, Udaipur emerges as a hidden gem for couples seeking a romantic getaway. With its tranquil lakes, majestic palaces, and serene gardens, Udaipur provides the perfect backdrop for love to blossom. Whether it's a boat ride on the shimmering waters of Fateh Sagar Lake or a stroll through the exquisite gardens of Saheliyon ki Bari, Udaipur offers countless opportunities for couples to create unforgettable memories together. This Valentine's Day, escape to the romantic charm of Udaipur and celebrate love in all its splendor. WHO Reports Over 114.1 lakh New Cancer Cases and 910,000 Deaths in India World Cancer Day 2024: Revolutionizing Cancer Diagnosis with ArtificiaI Intelligence If you also like readymade soya chaap then know the disadvantages of eating it

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Cong MLA writes to CM Sukhu, highlights issue of providing jobs to unemployed youth

SHIMLA, Feb 1: Highlighting the issue of providing jobs to the unemployed youth in Himachal Pradesh as promised by the Congress party in the last assembly polls, Sujanpur MLA Rajinder Rana has written a letter to chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu stating the youth are eagerly waiting for fulfillment of that promise as nothing has []

thehillstimes 2 Feb 2024 2:05 am

Explore this 'mini Shimla' of Chhattisgarh, the beauty is amazing

Chhattisgarh, a state blessed with natural beauty, holds a hidden gem often referred to as the 'Mini Shimla.' This picturesque destination captivates visitors with its stunning landscapes and serene ambiance. Let's delve into the enchanting allure of this lesser-known haven. Unveiling the Beauty Nestled amidst lush green hills, 'Mini Shimla' is a visual delight for nature enthusiasts. The pristine beauty of the surroundings is reminiscent of the famous hill station in Himachal Pradesh. A Glimpse of Tranquility As you wander through the quaint pathways, you'll encounter a sense of tranquility that sets this destination apart. The soothing sounds of nature and the crisp mountain air create an idyllic atmosphere for relaxation. Lush Greenery Everywhere The landscape is adorned with verdant greenery, providing a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Every corner seems to be painted with vibrant hues of nature, making it a paradise for those seeking respite. Architectural Marvels Apart from its natural splendor, 'Mini Shimla' boasts architectural marvels that add to its charm. Colonial Influences The colonial architecture in this region reflects a rich history, offering a glimpse into the past. The quaint buildings with their vintage charm transport visitors to a bygone era. Blend of Tradition and Modernity The seamless blend of traditional and modern architecture creates a unique visual appeal. It's a testament to the region's cultural heritage, evolving harmoniously with the contemporary world. Local Flavors Exploring the culinary delights of 'Mini Shimla' is a must for any visitor. Gastronomic Delights The local cuisine showcases a diverse range of flavors, from traditional Chhattisgarhi dishes to fusion delights. Food enthusiasts will find themselves on a gastronomic journey, savoring the unique tastes of the region. Chai Stops with a View Sipping on a hot cup of chai while enjoying panoramic views of the hills is an experience that lingers in the memory. The tea stalls strategically located offer the perfect pit stops for tired souls. Activities and Adventure For those seeking adventure, 'Mini Shimla' doesn't disappoint. Trekking Trails The region is dotted with trekking trails that cater to various difficulty levels. Each trail promises breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment for trekkers. Nature Walks Casual nature walks unveil hidden spots, allowing visitors to connect intimately with the surroundings. The chirping birds and rustling leaves provide a soundtrack to these serene strolls. Accommodation with a View Choosing the right accommodation enhances the overall experience of visiting 'Mini Shimla.' Hilltop Resorts Several resorts nestled on hilltops offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Staying in these establishments provides a perfect blend of comfort and proximity to nature. Cozy Homestays For a more intimate experience, cozy homestays welcome guests with open arms. The warmth of local hospitality adds a personal touch to the sojourn. Capturing Moments Photographers, amateur and professional alike, find 'Mini Shimla' a treasure trove of captivating moments. Photogenic Landscapes Every corner seems to be a frame-worthy shot. The changing hues of the sky during sunrise and sunset create a mesmerizing canvas for photographers. Candid Culture Capturing candid moments of local life adds a cultural dimension to the photo album. The vibrant traditions and daily life scenes tell a story of their own. Sustainability Initiatives In the midst of preserving its beauty, 'Mini Shimla' has embraced sustainable practices. Eco-Friendly Tourism Efforts to promote eco-friendly tourism are evident, with initiatives to minimize the environmental impact. Visitors are encouraged to be responsible stewards of this pristine destination. Community Involvement The local community actively participates in preserving the natural beauty. Collaborative efforts ensure that 'Mini Shimla' remains an unspoiled haven for generations to come. Exploring Nearby Attractions For those with an extended stay, nearby attractions offer additional experiences. Waterfalls and Caves Scenic waterfalls and mysterious caves in the vicinity add to the adventure. Exploring these natural wonders complements the 'Mini Shimla' experience. Cultural Festivals Participating in local cultural festivals provides insight into the vibrant traditions of the region. It's an opportunity to celebrate with the locals and embrace their cultural heritage. Final Thoughts In conclusion, the 'Mini Shimla' of Chhattisgarh is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Its natural beauty, coupled with architectural splendors and local experiences, creates a perfect getaway for those seeking a harmonious blend of tranquility and adventure. A glimpse of India's first CNG automatic transmission cars was seen, this company introduced it! Maruti Suzuki Fronts sales crossed 1 lakh units, achieved this figure in just 10 months These 5 best selling cars in 2023 including Swift and WagonR, Nexon at number 5

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HP DGP moves SC against HP High Court order

Shimla: Challenging Himachal Pradesh High Court order to shift him from the post on Friday Himachal Pradesh Director General of police Sanjay Kundu has moved in Supreme court to seek relief from the HC order of December 26. DGP filled the special leave petition before the apex court on December 28 against the order of []

goachronicle 30 Dec 2023 1:08 pm

Two more council of ministers may be inducted in HP cong govt

Shimla: Two more council of ministers would be inducted in the nine members of cabinet of one year Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu government. According to sources, the governor is out of state, and if he returns today, the expansion is likely to be held after 1430 hrs on Tuesday. Among those who are shortlisted are members []

goachronicle 12 Dec 2023 1:24 pm